In Memoriam

In honor of World Education board member Bill FoltzIn honor of Bill Foltz, our esteemed Board Member of 29 years who passed away last week, we are posting a picture of him making a difference to schoolchildren in Mali.

William J. Foltz was a long-time advocate for disadvantaged people in Africa.

In his 30-year role as chair of Yale’s Council on African Studies, Bill enhanced the University’s course offerings in African Studies. He was the recipient of the Ford Foundation Area Training Fellowship and the Guggenheim Fellowship, and taught in Uganda, Chad, South Africa, as well as the United States.

In his role on the National Intelligence Council, Bill counseled the Clinton Administration on its policy, or, as he put it, “My job was to help my government do fewer stupid things in Africa.”

He was responsible for bringing together opposing groups to help resolve conflicts in the Horn of Africa and Northern Ireland, and published many articles on topics from conflict-resolution to a study of ethnic conflict published in Russian. But Bill defined his success by the generations of scholars who shared his commitment to careful field work, clear-eyed analysis, and simple, lucid prose.

Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, and two sons and grandchildren.


Peaceful Pottery

Photo by Janet Barry

This boy is supported by our programs in Mali.

Northern Mali has a long history of ethnic and armed conflict which continues to this day. The primary goal of the Walaikum Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation project is to create a sustainable network of agents of peace in northern Mali to promote and choose peace.

Support peace in Mali by donating to World Education.

Reinvesting in Families

When women and girls earn an income, they reinvest 90% of it into their families.

Photo by Katie Saul, World Ed staff

Girls from the Ambassador Girls’ Scholarship Program (AGSP) in Mali take a break from learning to laugh for the camera. World Education implemented AGSP from 2004-2011 in 13 West African countries, providing over 188,000 scholarships to help disadvantaged children go to – and remain in – school.

When women and girls earn an income, they reinvest 90% of it into their families. Read more about the power of educating girls in a new blog from the AGSP director, Khadi Coulibaly.

Support girls by donating to World Education.